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Westlaw WebPlus: a New, Free Legal Search Engine.

West has unveiled a new Web search engine called Westlaw WebPlus. This legally-focused search engine filters search results based on legal relevance.

WebPlus is available from within Westlaw, although it may just be for law schools at this point (see image below), as well as independently on the Web. Using it in either platform is free.

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There are some nice features including specifying whether you're searching for a legal Issue, person, company, government entity, etc. Search results can also be refined by subject, domain or file format, as well as by format (web, news or blog results).

Of course Westlaw WebPlus isn't going to replace other research tools, such as Westlaw, Lexis and other databases, or more traditional print resources. But for searching the legal Web, it's pretty nice. I'll definitely be adding it to my list of search engines.

Comments

It shows only US results ?
Any ideas

Good eye. I'll see if I can get some more info from the folks at West.

I just got this response back from the folks at Westlaw:

"The search is an open web search but at the present time it's optimized for research scenarios in the US legal domain. So it's definitely possible to get results back from non-US locations, but if the search terms are in English, US content will likely rank higher than non-US content."

Access to Thomson WebPlus is only available through a Thomson subscription product

Please sign on to a Thomson product to access WebPlus.

Yes, it seems that access has changed with Westlaw WebPlus. I too get the message that it is only available to subscribers now. Too bad.

Hey, thanks for this info. I don't know if you remember, but I e-mailed you a few weeks ago about getting a Westlaw account. You really helped me out; though I'm not a lawyer, I was able to access their case law database.

As a legal professional who does legal research all day long, I really appreciate being able to get detailed, authoritative info on legal cases for my clients. In fact, I was able to get some solid legal research done on truck defects (a topic I admittedly knew nothing about), and it made me look like a pro to my client!

Many Kudos,
Eric

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